Manufactured in late-1914 or early-1915, in the third assigned serial number block listed for Springfield Armory, this is a solid representative example of a U.S. Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Springfield Armory for the United States military and features the distinctive armory dull blue finish. The left side of the slide has the standard three-line Colt patent dates and two-line "SPRINGFIELD ARMORY/U.S.A." markings in two blocks, as well as an ordnance bomb behind the serrations. The right side of the slide is marked with the Department of Defense eagle and "MODEL OF 1911.U.S. ARMY." The left side of the frame has the U.S. property marking and an ordnance bomb near the trigger guard, and the serial number is marked on the right. The barrel is marked "SP" on the left of the lug and "S.A.811N" on the underside. Features blade and notch sights, checkered wide hammer, short grip safety, and a smooth straight mainspring housing with a lanyard ring. It is fitted with a pair of correct checkered, large diamond pattern, walnut grips and a correct two-tone magazine with correct "wrap around" lanyard ring base. Provenance: The Dr. Robert Azar Collection
Very fine, retains 70% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having mostly thinned to a smooth brown patina and some cold blue touch up visible on the slide. The grips are fine with rounded out screw holes, a few scattered light scratches and light blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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